Health Minister Chen Shih-chung. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan on Tuesday reported 542 domestic COVID-19 cases, two new imported ones, and six deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
Of the domestic cases, 281 were newly confirmed cases and 261 were from a backlog of confirmed test results over the past several days, the CECC said.
The 542 domestic cases included 243 in New Taipei and 204 in Taipei. Taoyuan reported 21 cases, Kaohsiung and Changhua each reported 13 cases and Tainan and Taichung both reported 10.
Yilan reported eight cases, Pingtung and Hsinchu City each reported four cases, while Kaohsiung had three and Taitung, Nantou and Miaoli each had two cases.
Hsinchu County, Yunlin and Hualien each reported one case, the CECC said.
The CECC said that 28 of the cases had been linked to a cluster involving hostess teahouses in Taipei's Wanhua District, while another 186 involved individuals who had recently visited the Wanhua area.
Of the remaining cases, 131 had a known source of infection, 111 had "unclear links" to other cases and 86 were still under investigation, the CECC said.
Tuesday was the fourth consecutive day in which the CECC has retroactively added cases to the case counts for days dating back to May 14.
It has attributed the backlog to a "bottleneck" in its reporting system caused by the sudden rise in reported cases and cumbersome reporting procedures, which it said it is working to resolve.
In addition to the domestic infections, the CECC also confirmed two new imported cases from the Philippines on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the six newly reported fatalities were five men and one woman, aged 60 and above, who passed away between May 20-24, according to the CECC.
The new cases on Tuesday brought the total number in the country to 5,456, over 4,000 of which are domestic cases recorded since May 15.
To date, 35 people have died of COVID-19 in Taiwan, including 23 since May 15.
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